SKILLMAN, NJ - Ten Moccasins have been named 2016-17 Scholar-Athletes as announced Tuesday by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. In addition the Moccasins squad was named an ITA All-Academic Team. The Moccasins finished the 2017 Spring semester with a 3.52 grade point average.
The 10 Moccasins named ITA Scholar-Athletes are: junior Miguel Alvarez-Hevia (business), junior Derek Bell (business administration), sophomore Mark Bucknam (psychology/sports communication & marketing), junior Lance Francisco (business administration), senior Fabian Lundberg (business administration), senior Laurent Mailloux (economics and finance), junior Matt Matsuyama (sports management), junior Brian Slivonik (biology), freshman Jeffrey Verberne (business management & accounting), and freshman Lennart Vossgaetter (marine biology).
This marks the third consecutive year that Francisco, Lundberg, Mailloux, Matsuyama, and Slivonik have been named ITA Scholar-Athletes while Alvarez-Hevia, Bell, and Bucknam, are repeat honorees having been named ITA Scholar-Athletes in 2015-16. Franciso, Mailloux, Matsuyama, Slivonik, and Verberne, all posted 4.00 grade point averages this past semester.
Barry 4, FIT 9, Lynn 9, Rollins 4, Saint Leo 6
The 10 Scholar-Athletes from Florida Southern is the most from any Sunshine State Conference school, followed by Florida Tech and Lynn (with nine each), Saint Leo (six), and Barry and Roillins (with four each).
The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). All eligible student-athletes whose names appear on the NCAA eligibility form and have competed in one or more varsity matches must average into the GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2016 sand spring 2017).
In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must meet the following criteria: 1) be a varsity letter winner, 2) have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and 3) have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters (including freshman thorough senior year).